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"I got the tree down, dear."
Tags:christmas, christmas tree, christmas trees, christmas time, christmas decoration, christmas decorations, taking down the decorations, 12 days of christmas, incompetent, incompetence, chainsaw, chainsaws, hyper masculine, hyper masculinity, idiots, idiots, stupid, stupidity, lazy, laziness, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, following orders, following instructions
"Hey, Al! What do you know about shelf life?"
Tags:shelf life, shelf lives, double meaning, double meanings, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, stock shelves, stocking shelves, expiration, expiration date, expiration dates, expiry, expiries, dance, dances, dancing, dancing, miniature, miniatures, store, stores, shop, shops, retail store, retail stores, retailer, retailers, grocery store, grocery stores, supermarket, supermarkets
"I'd give my right arm to play the violin like you do, Mr. Bolenska."
Tags:violin, violins, violinist, violinists, orchestra, orchestras, envy, envies, envious, enviousness, classical, classical music, musician, musicians, amputees, amputate, amputates, wish, wishes, wishing, jealous, jealousy, admire, admires, admiring, admiration, right arm, right arms, expression, expressions, literal, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, fan, fans, fan girl, fan girls
"Gentlemen, inventory is building up at an alarming rate."
"You asked if I could type blood."
Tags:blood, typing, blood type, blood types, doctor, doctors, hospital, hospitals, md, mds, gp, gps, general practitioner, general practitioner, clinic, clinics, misunderstanding, misunderstandings, literal thinker, literal thinkers, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, computer, computers, spelling, spellings
"The fact that you've rolled up your sleeves since our last talk has been noted, Parminger. However, there's still something I'd like to discuss with you."
Tags:roll up your sleeves, rolling up your sleeves, faux pas, fashion faux pas, fashion no-no, fashion dos, fashion don'ts, metaphor, metaphors, metaphorical, pep talk, pep talks, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, misinterpret, misinterpretation, misinterpretations, motivate, motivates, motivating, manager, managers, management
"Confound it, Hawkins, when I said I meant that literally, that was just a ﬁgure of speech."
Tags:executives, executive, business executives, business executive, business executives, manager, managers, boss, bosses, business manager, business managers, misunderstand, misunderstanding, misinterpret, misinterpretation, figure of speech, figures of speech, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, unreasonable, expectation, expectations, let down, let downs, let-downs, let-down, ambiguous, ambiguity
"Yessir, after they made him, they broke the mold!"
Tags:break the mold, breaks the mold, breaking the mold, leg, legs, freak, freaks, freak show, freak shows, geek, geeks, carnival geek, carnival geeks, dance, dances, dancing, dancer, dancers, limbs, literal, literally, expression, expressions, figurative, literal interpretation, literal interpretations
"But it says 'no cover'."
Keats's heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains his sense.
Tags:ode to a nightingale, keats, john keats, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, poet, poets, poem, poems, watcher of the skies, watching the skies, pain, pains, numbness, numb, heart, heart problem, heart problems, heart trouble, heart troubles, drowsy, checkup, checkups, doctor's office, doctor's office, patient, patients, english teacher, english teachers, literature, english literature, english lit, lit major, lit majors
"Go home to you wife." "You go home to her."
Tags:bartender, bartenders, bar-tending, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, obedient, obedience, customer service, good service, good customer service, bad customer, bad customers, drowning you sorrows, couple, couples, husband and wife, husbands and wives, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationship, long-term relationships, bad relationship, bad relationships, marital fight, marital fights, domestic, domestics, domestic argument, domestic arguments, spousal dispute, spousal disputes
"You mean to say you haven't even put your face on yet?"
Tags:makeup, make-up, put your face on, putting your face on, put on makeup, putting on makeup, figure of speech, figures of speech, literal, literally, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, late, lateness, tardy, tardiness, alien, aliens, monster, monsters, killer, killers, disguise, disguises, disguised, put on your face, putting on your face, dawdle, dawdles, dawdling, delay, delays, delaying
"Thanks for walking a mile in my shoe but it's beginning to hurt now."
Tags:empathy, empathise, empathize, empathising, empathizing, sympathy, sympathetic, sympathise, sympathize, a mile in my shoe, shoe, shoes, footwear, interpretation, interpretations, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, literal minded, literal mindedness, three legged race, three legged races, discomfort, uncomfortable, impractical, impracticality, expression, expressions, saying, sayings, idiom, idioms
"For God's sake, … I naturally, assumed when I told you to dot the 'i's' you would also cross the 'T's,' "
Tags:employee, employees, bad employee, bad employees, incompetent, incompetence, dot the i, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, hopeless, hopelessness, oblivious, obliviousness, handwriting, bad handwriting, report, reports, writing reports, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, frustration, frustrations, frustrating
"Well, we're alfresco. Now what?"
"This artist is a deeply religious feminist and anti-smoking advocate, who made a lot of money in the computer industry before going off to paint in Paris, where she now lives with her husband and two little girls."
"So it's true...bears do shit in the woods."
Calling a spade a spade.
Give a dog a bad name.....
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue C.
"So, how's the slag heap treating you?"
Tags:slag heap, the slag heaps, slag heaps, fired, firing, getting fired, canned, can, canning, getting canned, getting the sack, sacking, sacked, laid off, laid-off, lay off, lay-off, lay offs, lay-offs, reject, rejects, rejection, rejections, redundancy, made redundant, redundancies, downsizing, unemployed, unemployment, spoil tip, spoil tips, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, mining, miner, miners, dying industry, dying industries
"Boy, I can hardly wait to take my shoes off...my dogs are really tired."
Tags:idiom, idioms, saying, sayings, expression, expressions, dog, dogs, dogs are tired, feet are tired, literal, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, confusing, confusion, child's understanding, misunderstand, misunderstands, misunderstanding, misinterpret, misinterprets, misinterpretation, misinterpretations
"I'm forever blowing bubbles."
"Well, I can see you are very literal. I was going to wish to be a stud next, but that could go a couple of different ways. So, I think I'll just wish to not be made of money."
"Holy smokes Hank,, that's a real eye sore. You should probably have that looked at."